David Robertson uses LEGO's tumultuous business history to describe the delicate balance between creativity and constraints. "By putting focus and direction around innovation, that is how you turn sparks of brilliance into profitable innovation." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, creativity, Innovation, PopTech 2014
Johanna Wellington was inspired to go into a technology career because she loves math like other people enjoy doing crossword puzzles. She started off at GE as an intern, went on to be a Combustion Design Engineer, and held several other positions before joining the Research Center in her current role as Advanced Technology Leader for Sustainable Energy where she is an expert in clean energy technologies. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Shorts, Emerging tech, Energy disruptors shorts, Energy disruptors
Kyna Leski is a designer and architecture professor at RISD, where she explores the craft of architecture as a design form. Artistic sensibility, she suggests, comes from the actual process of gathering, seeing, and grasping -- allowing us to "know" the world. She is also Principal at 3six0 Architecture. (www.3six0.com) Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Technology, Architecture, Mind, PopTech 2009, Art
Bhagwan Chowdhry started Financial Access at Birth (FAB), which aims to give every child born in the world an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account so the next generation would have access to financial services in a few decades. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech 2011, Economics, Development, Poverty, Design, DIY
Sandro Galea is a doctor and epidemiologist who has researched the role of traumatic events in shaping population health; particularly the health of urban populations. "Ninety percent of people in this country will have a traumatic event in their lifetime." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, PopTech 2012, PTSD, Resilience
UCLA professor Aydogan Ozcan has discovered how to convert cellphones into microscopes by relying on shadow imaging instead of expensive optics. In time, the ability to conduct tests and detect infectious diseases by leveraging mobile technologies in resource-poor settings could transform public health. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Mobile, Medicine, Development, PopTech 2009, Technology
Inspired to help a blind friend navigate the streets of their West Bank refugee camp, Palestinian students Asil Abulil, Nour Al-Arda, and Asil Shaar and their teacher Jameela Khaled, designed a cane that beeps and vibrates, which won an award at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Youth, PopTech 2010, Innovation, Entrepreneur
Silja Omarsdottir was one of 25 people tapped to rewrite Iceland's constitution after the country's financial meltdown in 2008. She details how the citizens of Iceland reacted to the bank collapse and the eventual response from the government, which included updating the country's constitution. Omarsdottir explains the constitution creation process and what it meant to overhaul the constitution, with considerable public input, in four months. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Governance, Law, Politics, PopTech iceland 2012
Learn why a collaborative project between Josh Nesbit and Raj Panjabi is the first to receive support from PopTech's Impact Fund. Their plan has the potential to dramatically improve the delivery of health care at remote locations by providing community health care workers with virtual access to medical expertise and coordinating capabilities. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Impact Fund, Mobile, PopTech 2013
Ecovative Design founder, 2009 PopTech Fellow Eben Bayer, on this initiative that transforms low-value agricultural byproducts into strong biological composites that can be used as biodegradable alternatives to conventional plastics, foams, and packaging materials. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Green, Technology, Fellows, Sustainability, Design, PopTech 2009,...
Erica Williams is a Washington, D.C.-based activist and commentator who currently serves as the Deputy Director of Campus Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress. In this riveting Poptech talk, Williams discusses how the Millennial generation--today's 18-30 year olds--are re-imagining the nature of political engagement. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Activism, Community, Politics, Justice, Government, PopTech 2009, Youth
Katherine J. Kuchenbecker studies how humans process tactile stimuli. Through her work, she is able to design haptic interfaces, virtual objects and distant environments that feel real to the human touch. Her work aids in everything from creating more immersive environments for surgeons to designing tablet computers with surfaces that simulate reality. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, PopTech 2011, Robotics, Design, Science Fellows, Science Fellows 2011,...
2010 Social Innovation Fellow Nina Dudnik's organization, Seeding Labs, takes discarded lab equipment from the United States to needy labs in other countries. As part of its commitment, Seeding Labs also connects scientists from the U.S. with their counterparts in Africa and South America. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Fellows, Social Innovation Fellows 2010, Education, PopTech 2010, Africa
Chris Marianetti, a classically trained musician and composer, got started by bringing his recording studio to a Bronx school. Marianetti ended up recording an album with his students and then invited master musicians to contribute. Today, his organization, Found Sound Nation, creates collaborations all over the world, bringing people together through music. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, PopTech 2011, Community, Collaboration, Social Innovation Fellows 2011,...
Jay Rogers is revolutionizing the automobile industry. The former U.S. Marine and co-founder of Local Motors has created the world's first crowdsourced car. Rogers believes that making car production local - and personal - holds the key to fostering a sustainable car culture that also tackles our dependence on oil. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, Design, Crowdsourcing, Innovation, Engineering, PopTech 2009,...
Justin Gallivan is an Emory University chemist who explores the boundaries of biology by engineering bacteria to behave in predictable ways. Gallivan's research on reprogrammable bacteria has important implications for complex challenges such as the need to track and clean up environmental pollutants. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Biology, Living Systems DC Salon 2010, Engineering, Environment, Funny
Pioneering gamer Kevin Slavin takes the PopTech audience on a colorful tour of the history of luck in America, games of chance, gambling and mathematical formulas. "That's amazing, the idea that anything that seems to be built out of chance or instinct or luck can yield to a computational assault." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Games, PopTech 2013
Ashley Merryman has co-authored numerous articles about parenthood. Over the past two years, she and journalist Po Bronson have collaborated on an award-winning series of articles in New York Magazine. Their most recent work, a book titled NurtureShock, explores cutting edge research that challenges many familiar myths about how to best parent kids. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Education, PopTech 2009, Journalism, Psychology
Charlie Todd shares his hilarious improvisational projects that invite random New Yorkers to participate, like conducting an orchestra on a city sidewalk. "This is about me giving other people opportunities to express themselves." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2013, Theater
Jason Hong shares his work on the leading edge of the balance between the next wave of mobile phone technologies and privacy concerns. "In the near future, our smart phones will know everything about us." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Mobile, PopTech 2013, Privacy, Science Fellows 2013
Icelandic five-piece band amiina takes the PopTech stage with a glockenspiel, a musical saw, a couple of violins, drums, and a laptop. They got their start as the string section for the legendary Sigur Ros and have gone on to play complex music that's sweetly innocent. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, PopTech Iceland, 2012
Learn how Anushka Ratnayake is using mobile technology to help poor farmers easily save money for seed and fertilizer. "We create agricultural layaway plans to help farmers use their money efficiently." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, agriculture, finance, PopTech 2013, Social Innovation Fellows 2013
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve shares some data that suggest some interesting ways to incentivize people to pay their taxes. "If we can make the tax form slightly less frustrating and perhaps raise compliance, we can do a lot of good." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, finance, PopTech 2013, Science Fellows 2013
Architect Neri Oxman is the founder of MATERIALECOLOGY, an interdisciplinary design initiative expanding the boundaries of computational form-generation and material engineering. One of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business," Oxman investigates nature's material and performance, to define form itself. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Technology, Architecture, Biology, PopTech 2009, Innovation, Ecomaterials
As executive director of WildlifeDirect, 2009 PopTech Fellow Paula Kahumbu is building a global wildlife conservation community that connects conservationists and their supporters through blogs and direct funding. The goal: a movement powerful enough to reverse catastrophic species loss in Africa and around the world. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Africa, Fellows, Sustainability, Technology, Community, Social...
Founder and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis believes that competition can drive radical innovation in the sciences. He first did so through a $10 million purse that developed private spaceflight. From overhauling the automobile industry to personalized medicine, Diamandis argues, "The right prize can change the world." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Business, Exploration, Space, Prize, Competition, Innovation
Dan Schulman explains how technology can help bring in 2.5 billion people from the margins of the world's financial systems. "Digital wallets are really morphing into full-service money management and movement systems." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, finance, PopTech 2013
After his infant son was rushed to intensive care, Jonathan Rothberg was driven to invent high-speed DNA sequencing. His work ushered in the era of personal genetics and today his technology is used in laboratories and medical centers all over the world. Rothberg's efforts led the way towards the first sequence of an individual human genome. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, PopTech 2011, Science, Biology, Emerging Tech
Treehugger founder Graham Hill announced the launch of a new online design competition, Life Edited, and asked all interested parties to weigh in on how he can best design his new 420 square foot New York City apartment. Offering up to $70,000 in prizes, Life Edited is raising the stakes for low-impact designers. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Ecology, Environment, Green, PopTech 2010
Brad Burnham is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. Ari Jonsson is the rector of Reykjavik University, Iceland's leading university in technology, business and law. They discuss the creation in Iceland of an ideal policy framework for innovation on the Internet.
Erika Block founded Local Orbit to connect local farmers with chefs, institutions and consumers. Her online platform provides marketing, sales, logistics and inventory management for food hubs, farmers, and community groups. The result is a scalable system that makes healthy, locally produced food both affordable and accessible to everyone. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, PopTech 2011, Technology, Food, Agriculture, Community, Social...
Revered as "The Sound of New York," Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z's albums and officially became Jay-Z's tour D.J. in 2010. He is also a leader in adapting to a challenging music business. "It is always vibe over money." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, Business, Culture, PopTech 2012
Kurt Andersen, best-selling author and host of the radio program Studio 360, has turned his unflagging curiosity to the current economic crisis. He believes it is an opportunity to get the nation back on track. Part of the answer, Andersen suggests, lies in reconnecting to the amateur spirit that first helped create America. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech 2009, Economics, Entrepreneur, Politics
PopTech president Leetha Filderman, former frog design president Doreen Lorenzo and Robert Fabricant sit down for an update on Project Masiluleke, an AIDS awareness and education campaign in South Africa. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Education, HIV, Medicine, PopTech 2014, Social innovation
Yasser Ansari's Project Noah (Networked Organisms and Habitats), strives to be what he calls "a field guide for every organism." Inspired by Darwin's Field Guide, bio-instruments, and a little bit of steampunk, the platform encourages citizen scientists to step into the world, eyes open, and begin documenting what they find. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Fellows, Social Innovation Fellows 2010, Mobile, Environment, Biology,...
Health in India is compromised by dirty water. Sameer Kalwani's Sarvajal enables access to clean water, enlisting local entrepreneurs to sell it and monitoring water quality remotely. Customers are happy to pay to get clean water at their doorstep. What started with 1 village 3 years ago now provides safe water to 70,000 people daily. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, PopTech 2011, Economics, Fellows, Entrepreneur, Innovation, Social...
Social Innovation Fellow Salinee Tavaranan and the Border Green Energy Team are helping to bring light to some of the world's darkest places. She and her team work on the border of her homeland, Thailand, and Burma, a country that's been embroiled in civil war for over sixty years, to bring solar power to clinics and medical facilities that desperately need it. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Fellows, Social Innovation Fellows 2010, solar, Green, Health, Politics,...
Alysson Muotri is working at the forefront of research on Autism Spectrum Disorder. By studying stem cells from adult patients with Rett syndrome, his work is uncovering new insights into the environmental and genetic causes of autism, and the possibility that autistic neurons may be induced to revert back to normal neurons. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, PopTech 2011, Health, Biology, Neuroscience, Science Fellows, Mind,...
David Agus envisions a new era of preventative medicine based on hard data about what really ails us, and that employs research, genetics and health care designed to stave off disease before it starts. "I want doctors to be more like weather forecasters and not biologists." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Medicine, PopTech 2012
Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson show how they designed and built a sprawling flying machine that was the first human-powered helicopter to fly an award-winning 3 meters high for 60 seconds. "Impossible is nothing," says Robertson. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, engineering, PopTech 2013
Vicki Arroyo is the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center of Georgetown University Law Center. She studies preparedness and resiliency with respect to climate-related catastrophes. "Traditional models of who is in charge in a disaster do not necessarily operate when you have a real disaster." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Big systems, Climate, Education, PopTech 2012, Resilience
Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, explores how resiliency can empower even the most destitute and vulnerable communities. "When the World Bank was planning to invest $100 million dollars in upgrading the slums in Nairobi, these slum-dweller leaders were represented at the table." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Business, Community, PopTech iceland 2012, Resilience
Ben Dubin-Thaler, a biologist and founder of Cell Motion Laboratories Inc., drives the BioBus, a repurposed transit bus outfitted with a high-tech science lab that serves as a mobile laboratory to get kids interested in science. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Fellows, Science Fellows 2010, Education, PopTech 2010
Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman is fighting for the future of his rust belt town's future. Braddock has lost ninety percent of its buildings and most of its population. Yet Fetterman's ambitious plans include repurposing abandoned lots and fostering numerous arts and community initiatives. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Governance, Urbanization, Economics, PopTech 2009
2014 Bellagio Fellow Robtel Pailey gives an impassioned talk about the importance of creating dignified livelihoods in places where political instability, epidemic disease and violence have wreaked havoc on social structures. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Bellagio, Fellows, Fellows 2014, livelihoods, PopTech 2014, social...
Arun Majumdar was a high school student during the global energy crisis of the 1970s and became interested in engineering because of energy. Currently he's the first director of ARPA-E, the country's only agency dedicated to technologies promising genuine transformation in the ways we generate, store, and utilize energy. Majumdar explains that disruptive energy innovation must focus on scale, be cost effective, and provide an energy service. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Energy disruptors shorts, Shorts, Energy disruptors, Emerging Tech,...
Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman unravels some of creativity's mysterious origins with the help of brain scanning equipment. "Depending on what you are creating - the stimulus, the content - and what stage of the creative process you are in, different brain areas are recruited to help solve the task." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, brain, creativity, PopTech 2013, psychology
Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist who has shown how to project patients' thoughts onto a screen in front of their eyes by implanting electrodes deep inside their brains and reading the activity of cells. Oh, and he used to rob banks. "There are at least two people inside our mind." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Brain, Mind, Neuroscience, PopTech 2012
Erik Hersman shows off the BRCK, a way to connect to the Internet that is physically robust, able to connect to multiple networks, a hub for all local devices and has enough backup power to survive a blackout. "The great challenge of our time is to connect people and information." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Internet, PopTech 2013
Collaborators Reuben Margolin, a kinetic sculptor and Gideon Obarzanek, a choreographer, met at the 2009 PopTech conference. They instantly bonded over the shared themes in their respective mediums and began creating a piece together called "Connected." Their collaborative effort, a couple of years in the making, is now touring worldwide. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, PopTech 2011, Art, Design, Collaboration, PopTech 2009, Play